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The Yes Men have made fun of everyone from Haliburton to Dow Chemical, but they’re taking BitTorrent serious. The prankster duo is using file sharing and the P2P distribution platform VODO.net to release their latest movie for free, hoping that donations will enable future pranks.

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P2P video distribution platform VODO.net just released The Yes Men Fix The World, the 2009 movie of the notorious prankster activist duo that chronicles some of their best stunts, targeting everyone from Haliburton to Dow Chemical to free market think tanks.

The P2P edition of the movie contains some exclusive footage, and it’s available as a free high-quality download from VODO.net, as well as a number of partner websites such as The Pirate Bay, Mininova.org, Isohunt.com and uTorrent.com, among others.

The Men Fix The World received limited theatrical release last fall and has been available on DVD since April, but chances are that its file sharing audience is by far going to outweigh any release numbers, which is exactly what the duo intended with this release. “We’re sharing by P2P because we made this film to be watched,” Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno said in a statement accompanying the release, and it’s asking viewers to donate to make future actions as well as further movies possible.

VODO has been trying to finance film making through donations for free downloads ever since the project started about two years ago, and it has been getting better at it with time. In June, it released the first episode of the original Sci-Fi show Pioneer One, and viewers have donated more than $25,000 ever since. $20,000 was enough to secure the production of further episodes, which is scheduled to happen in September.

The site has an even more ambitious goal for The Yes Men Fix The World, as it is trying to raise $67,035, with those odd $35 being designated for “generic painkillers.”

Is the movie worth the money? That’s up for you to decide, but it’s definitely a must download. Not only does it feature a consistently high production value, but Bichlbaum and Bonanno also understand how to take the viewer from outrageous prankster jokes to the depressing realities of life in Bhopal and post-Katrina New Orleans, and then end on a positive note, showing that it’s worth dreaming of, working for and sometimes even lying for a better world.

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